One of my favorite berries – red currant – deserves a post of its own! This post contains three delicious red currant recipes: red currant quick oats, red currant yogurt cake and red currant smoothie. All recipes are vegan and delicious! If red currants are not available in your area, you can use raspberries (or any berries you like) instead.
Red currant recipes: easy and delicious!
Red currant is a tart red berry and it grows all across Europe both wild and cultivated. I remember picking them from my grandparents’ gigantic red currant bushes for my grandma to make red currant juice and whipped porridge.
My parents have red currant bushes and they’ve grown wildly over the years from two small shrubs into tall and wide bushes. August is the season we pick them all up, eat as much as we can and freeze the rest for later use.
I planted a pink currant bush two years ago and so lucky to have it producing handfuls of beautiful berries. Pink currants taste exactly like red ones: tart and fruity.
My favorite ways to use these pretty berries are in smoothies, overnight or quick oats and cakes or tarts. If red currants aren’t available where you live, you can use any berries you like!
Overnight or quick oats
Let’s start with oats, one of my go to summer breakfasts and snacks! These oats don’t require a few hours or overnight in the fridge, because we’re using oat bran. Give it just 15 minutes and your breakfast and snack is ready 🙂
- 1 cup plant-based yogurt, preferably something creamy and neutral such as coconut yogurt
- 1/4 cup plant-based milk
- 1/4 cup oat bran (gluten-free if it needs to be)
- 1 tbsp chia seeds / flax seeds or hemp seeds
- optional, depending on the sweetness of the yogurt: ~1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1/3 cup of red currants (save some for toppings)
- Coconut cardamom sauce: 3 tbsp melted coconut butter + 2 tsp maple syrup + 1/4 tsp ground cardamom + pinch of salt
Mix all ingredients together and let set in the fridge for about 15 minutes. Mix coconut cardamom sauce ingredients together. Swirl coconut sauce in the oats and on top. The sauce will become solid when it’s together with cold ingredients. Add red currants on top and enjoy this delicious snack!
ps Did you know coconut butter is super easy to make at home? You need a high-speed blender and shredded coconut, that’s it! Here’s the simple recipe for homemade coconut butter.
- 1 cup frozen red currants (if using fresh ones, use less plant-based yogurt and milk)
- 1 frozen banana (if using fresh red currants, use 2 frozen bananas for better consistency)
- optional: two-three small florets frozen cauliflower
- 1 tbsp cashew or almond butter
- 1 tbsp hemp seeds or a few walnuts
- 1 tbsp (or as needed) sweetener such as maple syrup
- 1/2 cup plant-based yogurt
- 1/4 cup plant-based milk
- toppings of choice (I love berries, cashew butter and for a treat some vegan white chocolate 🙂 )
Blend all until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness level to your liking. Add toppings and enjoy!
Red currant yogurt cake
- 1 + 1/2 cups / 195 grams all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup / 45 grams almond flour
- 3/4 cup / 150 grams sugar
- 1,5 tsp baking powder
- 0,5 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 0,5 tsp salt
- 1 cup plant-based yogurt
- 1/3 cup plant-based milk
- 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil or a more neutral oil
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 0,5 tsp lemon zest
- 1/2 cups red currants or other berries
- For decoration: vegan whipped cream and more red currants (or other berries)
Preheat oven to 392 F / 200 C. Line a 7 inch / 18 cm (in diameter) springform pan bottom and edges with parchment paper.
In a bowl, mix together dry ingredients: flours, sugar, baking powder and spices. Add yogurt, milk, oil, lemon juice and zest and mix until fully combined. Gently fold in the currants and pour batter into the pan.
Bake cake in the lower rack of the oven for 45-60 minutes or until toothpick test comes out clean. Baking time varies according to pan size and oven.
Let cake cool for a while before decorating. Decorate cake with cream and berries.
If you want more red currant recipes, just swap strawberries, blueberries and raspberries to red currants in these delicious treats:
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